UCS Celebrates Historic Offshore Wind Lease Sales in California

Statement by John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists

Published Dec 7, 2022

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Biden administration today finalized the sale of five offshore wind leases in California, marking an important next step toward the first-ever U.S. offshore wind projects in the Pacific Ocean. The final bids closed for a total of nearly $760 million.

Below is a statement by John Rogers, a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS):

“The offshore wind lease sales finalized in California today represent another hopeful moment in the state and country’s transition to clean energy. The high level of interest and investment in these leases by offshore wind industry leaders and elected officials demonstrates a widespread, long-term commitment to doing what it takes to grow renewable energy and decarbonize the U.S. electric grid. It’s encouraging to see projects like this that will help limit the devastating and deadly impacts of climate change on communities, the environment, and the economy.

“The waters off the Pacific Coast offer a massive resource for offshore wind power. These new leases are a big step forward for floating offshore wind technology, which is key for harnessing the wind in deep-water areas off the West Coast, and places like the Gulf of Maine. A lot goes into doing these projects right—for the environment, workers and the communities that rely on the leased areas. But if we build on today’s forward momentum, the United States can dramatically reduce its global warming emissions and become a global leader in renewable energy technologies like deep-water offshore wind.”

To speak with Rogers, please contact UCS Communications Officer Sanjali De Silva.